These gifts get a big nod from me for their potential to make those you love healthier:
Pedometer. Help your loved one keep track of the steps that they take each day with a pedometer. A pedometer is worn on the ankle or pant leg and can be a good way to measure the amount of walking that is done in way when you first start exercising. This little gadget can be a big help for those who are just starting a fitness program, and they are super inexpensive.
Smoothie blender. You know that I’m a big fan of smoothies, and I have shared many of my favorite recipes for my favorite smoothies with you in the past, such as my delicious banana smoothie or my yummy avocado smoothie. A personal smoothie blender is ideal for making just a single smoothie serving, and many of them feature a reusable mug that you slip a blending device on, blend, and then drink! This is great for making a healthy smoothie on the go, and for getting the recipient in the habit of healthier eating.
Kitchen scale. I can’t function without my kitchen scale. As you know, portion control and a healthy lifestyle go hand-in-hand, but estimating a portion (and thus knowing how many calories you’re eating) is difficult without a kitchen scale.
Good reads. Nothing will put your mom, cousin, co-worker or other gift recipient in the mood for eating better than some great information about the subject. I recommend the New Whole Foods Encyclopedia: a Comprehensive Resource for Healthy Eating. And for great recipes, I love the Mayo Clinic Cookbook.
Wii Fit with Balance Board. And finally, I must say that the Wii Fit is the very first video game that I can put my seal of approval on. These games really get you up off the couch and are very entertaining. I love using the balance board, and I have also got my eye on a dance game for Wii that should be a real calorie burner, too.